Franchere Wine Company Willamette Valley Cascadia 2020
From the winery:
Cascadia is a cofermented, minimal intervention red blend inspired by the fresh, quaffable reds of the Touraine region of the Loire Valley. I never rely on an exact “recipe” for this wine; instead I rely on the peculiarities of vintage and whim to compose the blend, and in 2020 the Cascadia is 83% Pinot noir, 10% Grüner veltliner, and 7% Syrah.
The 2020 Cascadia’s flamboyant perfume suggests fresh raspberries and blackberries, nutmeg, orange zest, and violets. The palate is juicy, warm, and buoyant, so the fine tannins sail effortlessly across the palate along with flavors of tangy cherry juice, paprika, pine needles, and marjoram. It’s not deep, but it’s both intriguing and an effortless joy to drink, just what I look for in a quintessential bistro wine.
As always, the grapes are co-fermented (i.e. not fermented separately and blended later) at cool temperatures and aged 9 months in a mix of neutral oak barrels and stainless steel tank. No additions or subtractions here, other than 30 ppm SO2 before bottling.